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CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

1. "Cultural differences cause problems. It is better for people to stay in their own countries rather than
to migrate to other ones." Do you agree?

2. Would you prefer to live in a monoculture or a multi-racial society? Why?

3. "It is better to study major international languages like English rather than to spend time on minority
languages for the sake of regional identity." Do you agree?

4. "Governments should give regions in their countries more autonomy so that they can protect and
enjoy their own cultures rather than serving the centralized policies of the capital city." Do you agree?

5. Is it better to marry someone of the same cultural background?

6. "Religion as a school subject should include all the major world religions - not only the majority
religion in the country concerned." Do you agree?

MALE & FEMALE ROLES

1. In your country, do women have equal opportunities in the work-place, for example: the same pay and
promotion opportunities as men?

2. Is it easy for women to continue their careers after taking time off work to start a family? Do
companies provide crèches or nurseries?

3. Do parents and teachers in your country encourage girls and boys to grow up differently? Do they
play with the same toys? Do they receive the same education at school and university?

4. Do you think women and men should perform the same or different roles? Are men usually the
bread-winners and women usually the home-makers in your country?

5. Are there any "women’s or men’s rights" groups in your country?

VIOLENCE

1. "There should be strict censorship of films and news bulletins on television to prevent children from
copying violent incidents." Do you agree?

2. "Children’s cartoons such as Tom & Jerry and Popeye teach children the wrong lessons." Do you
agree?

3. "Television cameras should not record crowd disturbances during sporting events such as football
matches." What do you think?

4. "Combat sports such as boxing where the aim is to injure your opponent should be banned and
should certainly not be part of the Olympic Games." Do you agree?

5. "Products such as pornographic videos and rap music which give expression to violence against
women should be withdrawn from sale." Do you agree?

6. "In most countries, military training which prepares people for violence against an enemy, should be
replaced by schemes to serve the community." Do you agree?
THE MEDIA

1. In Britain, tabloid newspapers, which contain mostly gossip and pin-ups of good-looking women and
men, sell many more copies than serious newspapers. Do readers in your country have the same
interests?

2. Do reporters and photographers respect the private lives of famous people in your country? How
much freedom should the press be allowed by law?

3. Is the media in your country mainly owned by a few large monopolies? Should the law allow
ownership of several newspapers or TV channels?

4. Is there a bias towards any particular political party or interest group in your country’s media?

6. In Britain, there are restrictions on what can be screened on TV before 9 p.m. Do you think that TV
programme content should be censored?

7. Should governments act to control the Internet or should it be uncensored?

_POLITICAL SYSTEMS

1. Would you prefer to live in:

• a class-less society, regulated by a democratically elected government or

• a society with all levels of income and wealth, regulated by the free market including the power
of multinational companies?

2. Should important utilities such as water, gas and electricity be under government or private
ownership? How is it in your country?

3. Should social services such as schools, hospitals, prisons and social security, be provided mainly
from the public purse, or should more be left to the private sector? How is it in your country?

4. Do Trade Unions serve a useful purpose and should every worker have the right to join one?

5. Should political power be limited to people who have been democratically elected? Is Monarchy now
out of date?

6. Should political parties and politicians have to publish all their sources of income, including private
donations?

7. Should political power be regionalized or centralized?

8. In what circumstance, if any, do foreign governments have the right or duty to intervene in the
internal affairs of another country?